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Spartakus and the Sun Beneath the Sea 

Les mondes engloutis (original title)
Long ago, the mystical civilization of Arkadia was one of the most advanced places on Earth, until the end of the world came and forced the land and it's people underground. After that ... See full summary »






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Series cast summary:
Jeanine Forney ...
 Arkana (52 episodes, 1985-1987)
Chris Benard ...
 Bob (52 episodes, 1985-1987)
Amandine Rajau ...
 Rebecca (52 episodes, 1985-1987)
Louis Arbessier ...
 Shag-shag (52 episodes, 1985-1987)
Marc Moro ...
 Maxagaze (52 episodes, 1985-1987)
Jacques Deschamps ...
 Mattymatte, Arkshag (52 episodes, 1985-1987)
Claude Dasset ...
 Seskapile, Bic (52 episodes, 1985-1987)
Albert Augier ...
 Bac (52 episodes, 1985-1987)
Jean Négroni ...
 Narrator / ... (52 episodes, 1985-1987)
 Rebecca (52 episodes, 1985-1987)
 Matt / ... (52 episodes, 1985-1987)
Rob Roy ...
 Spartakus (52 episodes, 1985-1987)
Howard Ryshpan ...
 Bac (52 episodes, 1985-1987)
Perrette Pradier ...
 Massmédia (51 episodes, 1985-1987)
Yves-Marie Maurin ...
 Spartakus (45 episodes, 1985-1987)


Long ago, the mystical civilization of Arkadia was one of the most advanced places on Earth, until the end of the world came and forced the land and it's people underground. After that great cataclysm, the Arkadians lived deep in the center of the Earth and created an artificial sun called the Shagma (Tiera in the American version). But one fateful day years later, the Shagma began to fade out. In a desperate act, the Children of this unusual civilization and their ship with a mind of it's own broke into to the secret museum, which was considered forbidden, except for the creatures who are in charge of it. Written by Chibi Riza

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11 September 1986 (USA)  »

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[repeated line]
Bic and Bac: Aaaah, c'est shagmique!
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The ending credits of the French language version has Shag-Shag coming out of a dark portal, followed by some conceptual art of every character(s) by Nina Wolmark. In various international prints, it just shows some footage of the six main characters from various episodes. Also the show's theme song plays during the credits. See more »


Referenced in Chrono Trigger (1995) See more »


Les Mondes Engloutis
(Opening song & Ending song Season 1)
Music by Vladimir Cosma
Lyrics by Nina Wolmark
Performed by Les Mini-Star
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I want this show!!!
8 February 2004 | by See all my reviews

Geez, I love this show. It was actually a family show that was not afraid to tell a story many people these days would find "odd" or "out there".

It is about a civization called Arkadia, a lost world that is alot like Atlantis, Mu, Lemoria or Reh. Long ago, Arkadia got hit with a wave with disasters, sending them into the sub-terranean ocean, thus, their world and our world has came to an end. However, the people of Arkadia, despite their being a museum in their world, have lost memory of where they came from and the Earth around them. But two children talk an ancient machine and two prehistoric beings named "Bik" and "Bak" into going into the museum. The children find out the Planet Earth still has civilization flouishing. It was not destroyed, but however, the su-terranean sun, "Shagma" (core of earth) is failing and the Earth is having problems too. So the Arkadian children create a cloned replica of their ancestors, naming her Arkana.

That is the basic plot, but there is alot more too. Arkana joins two children and a mysterious warrior named Spartakus, whom is looking for his self-identity. There are also neo-pirates who have strange hair styles and wear leotards. Lizardmen who ride giant dinosaur-like creatures, mouse people and ever creatures of ancient mythology and folklore make their appearance too.

Too bad they took this show off. Probably people whined about it having "dark plot moments" or some crap like that; thus, resorting to the dreaded era of "political correctness".

At least in Europe and French speaking have it out on DVD. Mabye I can get my hands on it someday ^_~

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